Markets Live Recap: Why Stocks Cratered to End the Week

Stocks fell to close the week after Amazon and Apple's earnings reports yesterday.

With most of the economy closed, there's not a lot of optimism among investors that next week's earnings reports will be able to drive the market higher.

And to add to that, there are rumblings that the United States may impose more tariffs on China.

The Dow fell 622 points, or about 2.5% to close the day.

Here's how our experts - Chris Johnson, Tom Gentile, D.R. Barton, Jr., and Shah Gilani - think investors should be positioning themselves headed into the weekend and what to expect next week.

Chris Johnson (8:45 a.m. EDT)

  • Chris thinks stocks are ripe for a pullback that will continue into next week.
    • We've seen irrational buying in the wake of the Fed announcements and earnings results.
    • More than 60% of S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 stocks are overbought
  • Chris expects poor earnings to come from the companies that report next week. That will likely take the market lower along with additional unemployment gains.
    • Investors would be wise to tighten their limit sell orders, especially on profitable positions.
    • You could also dollar-cost average into some protective hedged positions like SDS, SRTY, and SKF.

Tom Gentile (11 a.m. EDT)

  • Tom gave live viewers free access to his most recent newsletter. In it, he takes an in-depth look at the Fed, SPY, TLT, FXE, and USO.
    • You can find the full report here.
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D.R. Barton, Jr. (1:30 p.m. EDT)

  • D.R. thinks investors should continue to stay away from the airlines.
    • The airline industry is one of the last businesses that will see customers return, even if governments are successful in reopening their economies. Not only will leisure travel be disrupted, but business travel may see a permanent reduction because more businesses are discovering they can do the same work remotely.
  • Yesterday, D.R.'s advice to buy puts on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSEARCA: SPY) and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AMC) paid off.
    • The SPY closed down 2.6%, and AMC was down 7%.
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Shah Gilani (3:45 p.m. EDT)

  • Shah is bearish and thinks the negative momentum we experienced today will continue next week.
  • He's bearish on these stocks in particular:
    • Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) - Shah is confused by the comments today from Elon Musk, who said he thinks the stock is overvalued.
    • The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) - Shah is anticipating disappointing earnings when it reports earnings next week, on May 5.
    • Shah is also bearish on Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) and Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UAA) because retail clothing sales are not essential.

Catch us tomorrow - starting LIVE again at 8:45 a.m. EDT with Chris Johnson, right here.

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